Six dead, twelve missing as boats conveying traders collide in Niger State 

At least six traders were reported dead while 12 persons missing after a boat mishap on Wednesday in River Niger in Shanga Local Government Area of the state.

It was gathered that the incident happened following a head-on collision of two canoes carrying traders and their goods on Tuesday at about 8:30 p.m. in Barikin Sakace in Shanga Local Government Area.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Dakingari, confirmed the incident to newsmen in the state on Wednesday.

“Two canoes were carrying more than 78 passengers, six persons have been confirmed dead while 12 are still missing and over 60 were rescued.

“Governor Atiku Bagudu of the Kebbi State has directed the traditional rulers, local government chairmen, Nigerian Inland Waterways’ officials and Marine Police to prohibit night travels by boats and canoes,” he said.

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